ASN Aircraft accident Douglas DC-3-217B RP-C368 Sanga-Sanga
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Date:Thursday 31 March 1977
Type:Silhouette image of generic DC3 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Douglas DC-3-217B
Operator:Swiftair (Philippines)
Registration: RP-C368
MSN: 2217
First flight: 1940
Crew:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 4
Passengers:Fatalities: 7 / Occupants: 34
Total:Fatalities: 8 / Occupants: 38
Aircraft damage: Minor
Aircraft fate: Repaired
Location:near Sanga-Sanga (   Philippines)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Nature:Domestic Non Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Zamboanga Airport (ZAM/RPMZ), Philippines
Destination airport:Sanga-Sanga Airport (SGS/RPMN), Philippines
The DC-3 operated on a domestic flight from Zamboanga Airport (ZAM) to Sanga Sanga. There were Philippine servicemen on board this military charted flight.
Approaching Sanga Sanga, the captain got up from his seat and opened the storage bin were servicemen's rifles were stored. He took an M16 and opened fire in the passenger cabin. One stewardess and seven servicemen were killed before the captain was overpowered. The co-pilot carried out a safe landing at Sanga Sanga.

» The Morning Record and Journal - Apr 1, 1977
» El Tiempo 1 April 1977, p15A


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Distance from Zamboanga Airport to Sanga-Sanga Airport as the crow flies is 329 km (205 miles).

This information is not presented as the Flight Safety Foundation or the Aviation Safety Network’s opinion as to the cause of the accident. It is preliminary and is based on the facts as they are known at this time.
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